Air Race

An air-borne adventure story.

Based on the true story of the 1919 London to Australia air race. Air Race follows the stories of the six flight teams who took up the challenge. From crash landings, to disappearing planes and patching engines with chewing gum, their stories range from ingenious, to hilarious to deeply moving and sometimes tragic.

Air Race tells a remarkable untold Australian story but also challenges us to question – how can we tell white, male Australian history in an innovative way, relevant to diverse young Australians?

Subverting outdated gender and cultural representations, Air Race aims to enable all young Australians to see stories they can identify with, find inspiration in and allow them to ‘own’ their country’s history.

Air Race is a work about impossibilities. It is an impossible adventure that is almost impossible to tell. It is only through incredible ingenuity combined with irrational determination that the adventure could happen. Tackling this as a theatre work will require a similar approach. 

Directed by Christian Leavesley, Written by Dan Giovannoni and Designed by Marg Horwell, Air Race is a new theatrical work for young audiences aged 12 and above and their families. 

Air Race is in development in 2017.

Creative Development

Creative development of Air Race took place from May 8 - 12, 2017.

Director Christian Leavesley, Designer Marg Horwell and Assistant Director Jolyon James spent a week developing the 'world' of Air Race, particularly workshopping ideas of design and 'flight'. Writer Dan Giovannoni pitched in with contributions overnight from Europe. The team are 

Arena would like to thank Marg and Dan for their work and MTC for hosting the development.

The next development of Air Race is scheduled for November 2017.

Presenting and Touring Opportunities

For more information or to discuss presenting and touring opportunities please contact Executive Producer Sheah Sutton: sheah@arenatheatre.com.au 

 

Credits

Director Christian Leavesley

Writer Dan Giovannoni

Design Marg Horwell

Assistant Director Jolyon James

Executive Producer Sheah Sutton

Partners

Arena gratefully acknowledges the support of the Australia Council for the Arts and Melbourne Theatre Company through the Australia Council MPA Collaborative Arts Projects Grant towards the development of Air Race. 



Arena gratefully acknowledges the support of the Besen Family Foundation towards the development of Air Race.